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Berber article (was Re: Arabic article (was: Corpses))

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Thursday, November 13, 2003, 20:03

On Wed, 12 Nov 2003 16:03:58 -0600,
Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...> wrote:

> So, did those Berber armies speak a (possibly creolized) dialect of > Arabic that, like their native language, lacked articles, or did they > speak Berber, with Arabic loans? And if so, then when did Arabic arrive > in Spain?
So Berber doesn't have an article? ISTR reading somewhere (I forgot where) that the t- with which so many Berber words (e.g. Tamasheq, Tifinagh, or place names such as Tamanrasset and Tenerife) begin, was a definite article, but I am not sure. Greetings, Jörg.